I Built This from A 1972 Popular Mechanics Magazine Plan.

I Built This from A 1972 Popular Mechanics Magazine Plan.

I dive into my collection of Popular Mechanics Magazines to build something from the distant past! I build an arbor press from scratch using some of my favorite tools. Then, I test it to see if it can press as hard as it claims. I demonstrate stick welding, drilling, and shimming.

Here are the tools I used:

Alligator Pliers
https://fireballtool.com/fish-mouth-pliers/

Mantis Pliers
https://fireballtool.com/mantis-grip-pliers/

Shim Kit
https://fireballtool.com/40pc-expanded-shim-set/

Mega Square
https://fireballtool.com/mega-square/

Monster Square
https://fireballtool.com/monster-square/

Torch Goggles
https://fireballtool.com/the-fly-safety-goggles-flat-black-frame-ir5-lens-mirror-finish-hard-coated/

Cut-less Gloves
https://fireballtool.com/majestic-lightweight-cut-less-dyneema-diamond-a3-pu-coating-3-pack/

Hex Key Kit
https://fireballtool.com/hex-key/

Torch Cutting Straight Edge

Drill Bit Set 5/8″ – 1″
https://www.ebay.com/itm/283638613783?hash=item420a2dc717:g:Kx0AAOSwTwddnlIj

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34 Responses

  1. Luke B says:

    I was in a band with a guy in college who had his mother’s original Bose Quadriphonic Stereo system from the 70s in perfect working order. There aren’t too many records set up for it: thank goodness for The Who.

    • haphazard1342 says:

      One great side effect of Apple pushing for this new “spatial audio” feature is that you can listen to the “spatial” Atmos tracks on your home theater’s surround setup! It’s not just a gimmick for headphones with head tracking gyroscopes, it’s truly a successor to quadriphonic recordings.

      A lot of people don’t realize this, since the marketing is so focused on “spatial” through stereo output devices like headphones, but the underlying mastering process that makes this possible is true multichannel surround sound music mixing. And you don’t even need to have Atmos equipment (for most Atmos tracks), since the platform can deliver a standard surround sound mix up to 7.1, which should always be generated by the Atmos mastering process as a side effect.

    • Jimichan says:

      I had a Marantz quadraphonic receiver in the 70’s. It had a wired remote with a joystick that adjusted the balance. It was a really sweet system, but the only really good source I had was Quadrophenia by The Who.

    • johnny missfire says:

      The pink floyd collection is all you need.

  2. S L says:

    I went to welding school in 2009 , i did the exact same press as an asembly test!!! , i guest my teacher got the idea out of this magasine,
    I still got the thing, i used it last week to remove a ball joint , works great !
    Go Fireball tool ! u’R the best !

  3. Sparky Projects says:

    You’d be surprised how much modern stuff has been around loger than you think, you even get things that atre advertised as ‘new’ but are just from an old idea.
    Maybee the designer built it with the jack at an angle, but the artist found it easier to draw it straight.

  4. my mechanics says:

    I wonder how many people have actually built this thing back then. Great video as always and what an honor to be part of it 😃

    • michael bradley says:

      @Fixitall Paul I would imagine if it were built to spec from engineered drawings there would not be any more liability than if it were bought from a manufacturer. The drawings in the magazine appeared to be engineered considering they gave a max load rating. A lot of high school auto shops accept donated cars in as is condition without liability issues.

    • Mike Znel says:

      @bailey jerman Hush child. This is adult talk time.

    • Mike Znel says:

      @Jonas Stockton oKaY mIlLeNnIal

    • Fundorin says:

      Stop procrastinating on YT. Your latest video is from 2 months ago.

  5. John Olver says:

    I’d love to see a build duplicating those old clamps! There an old well thought out design very functional! Maybe fire ball could even start selling them?

  6. Daniel White says:

    what brand are your drill bits?

    • oddjobbob says:

      If you don’t mind paying a little more, Drill Hog sells (maybe makes them, don’t know) very good bits and the extra cost is made up for with their “no questions asked” guarantee. If one of their drills breaks, they will replace it.

    • Hill Top Machine Works says:

      @oddjobbob I agree. Been using Drill Hog brand for years now. When I break one I just mail Billy the broken one and in a week or two I receive a new one. Pretty painless.

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    • Matt The Scrap Whisperer says:

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  7. Marek Tabi says:

    Thanks man, it inspired me to do the same press 😊👍

  8. MrChevelle83 says:

    I didn’t hear him mention the old roofing metal on the floor. That is probably one of the cheapest best ways to protect your concrete from the cutting torch activities. not to mention the large drops taking a chunk out after every cut. Another idea is to use a empty 55 gallon metal barrel and cut over it and let it collect everything and that avoids a lot of cleanup time.

  9. J C says:

    Jason, I just want to say I really appreciate the more traditional build on this project.
    It would have been incredibly easy for you to redesign a couple parts and do a ton of water jet work.

  10. Joe Pieczynski says:

    I bet you get a lot of use out of that. Well done and presented. Thanks for the plug.

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